Defeated by Pierre again

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:04 AM ET

Sometimes Jayson Krause feels like banging his head against a wall.

But then again, there aren't many bobsleigh pilots on the planet who can beat Edmonton's Pierre Lueders.

Still, Krause would like to win a race, just one race, against the former Olympic and reigning world two-man champion.

After yesterday's Visa four-man Canadian championship at Canada Olympic Park, Krause will have to wait until next time. Lueders, with Ken Kotyk, Morgen Alexandar and Lascelles Brown, defended his title with a two-run combined time of one minute, 50.94 seconds.

Krause, who is from Okotoks, came second in 1:51.52, while New Brunswick's Serge Despres was third in 1:51.83.

"It gets frustrating but I guess the positive thing is each year we get a little bit closer and a little bit closer," said Krause, who is preparing for his fourth season on the World Cup circuit.

"Obviously, Pierre is going to be hard to beat but if we can use him and try get closer, then you know we're going to be doing all right internationally.

"That's the biggest benefit for me. Me and Pierre get along great and we're willing to help each other out and hopefully one day I'll beat him."

Yesterday Krause's four-man team consisted of Nathan Cunningham, Bret Bresciani and Florian Linder. But it was missing the injured Mark LeBlanc, who will get back in for some World Cup races. Luckily Krause is a patient guy.

"I'm still basically a kid out there," said the 27-year-old.

The best in the world are usually veterans like the 34-year-old Lueders.

"They say it takes eight years to have a good pilot develop and that's a long time but every day I get things and it just comes with experience," said Krause, who finished 20th in two-man and 22nd in four-man on the World Cup circuit last season.

"You have to be patient and you can't continually beat your head against the wall because there is a long learning curve in the sport as a pilot and you have to accept that and you're going to have good and bad days."

Bobsleigh Canada will announce the men's and women's World Cup teams tomorrow.


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